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Toby awakens at 3 a.m. with an idea of how to save the social security program for future generations, leading him to meet in secret with the president and volunteer to "touch the third ... See full summary »

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Charlie Young
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Will Bailey
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Donna Moss
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Leo McGarry
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Josh Lyman
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President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet
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Rina
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Sarah Brainerd
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Roy Turner
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Grey Polk
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Carlos Carrio
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Carol Fitzpatrick
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Toby awakens at 3 a.m. with an idea of how to save the social security program for future generations, leading him to meet in secret with the president and volunteer to "touch the third rail" of American politics. Toby meets with influential Republican senator Gaines about putting aside partisanship in the interest of preserving the critical safety net, and he gets a favorable response, but someone who saw them together leaks the meeting to the press. Toby also gets Dem. senator Brainerd on board with assurances that both sides need to compromise and that the Republican agreed. Elsewhere, Josh tries to help boost the new v.p.'s profile and bland image by having him comically attack the same senator for his weak fundraising efforts. By day's end, both Gaines and Brainerd have publicly withdrawn from Toby's previously secret plan and publicly refused to consider the compromises they'd initially offered. The president angrily orders Toby to fix what he's broken, in response to which Toby... Written by meebly

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Trivia

When Toby says "Let thy discontents be they secrets" he's quoting Benjamin Franklin, The rest of the quote is "if the world know them 't will despise thee and increase them." See more »

Goofs

The building labeled as the Russell Senate Office Building is actually the Postal Square Building, three blocks north. See more »

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Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg: We've been over this. We need a hard news announcement each and every day or the press runs amok!
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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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West Wing Main Title
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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